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Hi I just wondered if anyone else researches information for their daydreams.I find sometimes when I am not daydreaming I spend time looking for information to help my daydreams.

For example my love interest is an actor so I will watch things with him in and also look for information about them online. Also my current friendship character is very alternative and loves stream punk and raves so I have found myself reading up on both and watching videos and listening to music to inspire me.

I have done this in the past if my daydream has involved magical creatures e.g. vampires I would research a time period in which they would have been alive. I sometimes save pictures which inspire me or that I believe suits the story in my mind e.g. homes where the characters should live, clothing or tattoos they may have. 

I don't feel I am in my daydream state when I do this. I feel like I am just collecting information. I used to try to use the info to write but never finished anything.

Do you do this? If so to what extent? I feel like at the moment my life revolves around work, daydreaming and researching for my daydreams.

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Interesting, I tend to this but passively- I don't feel like it's research per se just me watching stuff I like. But I guess it's for research purposes too! 

If my daydream scenario is set in a different time frame, say the old west for example, I’ll research period-appropriate clothing, societal norms, gender roles during that time, and what’s going on in the world. My goal is to make my daydream as authentic as possible in those certain aspects. The more authentic the daydream, the more real it feels for me. 

While it's maybe not as often for me (or maybe it is I'm not you so it's hard to judge) I have found myself doing the same thing, especially when my characters have some type of illness or another that tends to get muddled with myth and stigma, especially birth defects and mental illness. Even though I'm the only one who experiences my dreams, I know on some level they do have the power to change how I perceive reality and it makes me uncomfortable to know I might be perpetuating harmful beliefs. Other times I just plain don't fully understand how something works and need more information. On the other hand, my daydreams very rarely take place in older time periods, so it's not a common research subject for me, though there was a brief episode where I had a dream taking place in late 80's/early 90's, which I looked into a bit.

I have loads of photos of cars and motorbikes etc that are owned by my characters on my iPad and phone. I also have loads of photos of attractive women dated by my characters. I keep these on emails so they can't be found. How sad am I? I know this is MDD at its worst, but it's all part of the characters lives. So yes, I do actively seek and download pictures etc to add to my MDD

Hi Chris

That's sounds like my phone I save pictures that inspire me and I am always protective over them. If anyone sees them I feel awkward but no-one else knows the significance and just sees pictures that interest me. I tend to hide pictures too generally of the person I have a daydream relationship with as I feel odd with people finding pictures of celeb guys on my phone and feel embarrassed as  a grown woman having crushed on celebrities still.

Chris H said:

I have loads of photos of cars and motorbikes etc that are owned by my characters on my iPad and phone. I also have loads of photos of attractive women dated by my characters. I keep these on emails so they can't be found. How sad am I? I know this is MDD at its worst, but it's all part of the characters lives. So yes, I do actively seek and download pictures etc to add to my MDD

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